The mean flow in the near field of a submerged axisymmetric jet emitting from a plane wall is presented. An experimental configuration to provide a nearly uniform mean velocity profile with a core of homogeneous turbulence of variable intensity and scale was developed. Eight cases with intensity values of 0.004 less than or equal to U prime less than or equal to 0.035 and integral scales up to l sub x/R = 0.28 were investigated using conditional sampling techniques. It was found that the jet exhibits an increasing momentum flux in the near field. Contrary to expectation and the accepted assumption of ambient static pressure in a turbulent jet, results seem to be conclusive and borne out by comparison with published data. Both integral measures, mass and momentum flux ratios, are insensitive to exit turbulence variations, but, the detailed structure (including centerline velocity) variations with exit conditions are systematic and explainable.